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One local doctor explains why adequate sleep is just as important as wearing a mask


One local doctor explains why adequate sleep is just as important as wearing a mask.
One local doctor explains why adequate sleep is just as important as wearing a mask.
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Sleep.

You need it. But do you know why? Getting your 7-8 hours of rest per night is more important than ever.

"Sleep is such an important part of our health, especially the link between sleep and our immune system," said Jose De Olazabal, a Pulmonologist at the Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center.

"If we are sleep deprived or our quality of sleep isn't good, it can affect our immune system which can have pretty bad effects in terms of getting sick."

Dr. De Olazabal says being mindful about your rest is just as important as wearing a mask.

"We should really think about sleep like another tool, like social distancing, like hand washing. Look at adequate sleep along those lines," said De Olazabal.

So what do you need for a good nights sleep, look no further than the word 'sleep.'

Starting with S, which stands for structure.

"We want to feel as normal as possible, so if we're working from home, we should still try to get up at the same time, get dressed, make your bed, go through that whole routine because that will remind us what normal life was like," said De Olazabal.

The L, stands for light, but not the type you get from the sun.

"Limit blue light from our smart phones from our devices and our computers. The blue light from these screens trick our brain into stopping the release of a hormone called Melatonin. Melatonin is the natural hormone that our brain secretes to help induce sleep," said De Olazabal.

"The worst time to be scrolling your phone is at night before bedtime. Try to limit that an hour before bedtime.

The first "E" stands for emotion.

"We all are scared. Try to avoid excessive media coverage cycles, especially social media. You can see a story that can cause all sorts of anxiety so try to be informed but try to limit that especially before bedtime," said De Olazabal.

The next "E" stands for exercise.

"Getting our there and doing some type of aerobic exercise, usually early in the day is more advised than later in the day."

And finally, "P" stands for patients.

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"We have to be patient, we have to adapt. It's not so easy right now but it will get better and better as we adapt and get through it together," said De Olazabal.


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